2015 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads the Film Categories with Seven; FARGO Scores Five TV Nods

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It looks as though Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman could have quite the awards season.  Not only did the film earn the most SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations, but now it’s got the most Golden Globe Nominations as well.  Birdman came in with a total of seven nods followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game, both of which got five.  Fargo led the television series or program categories with five nominations while True Detective came in right behind with four.

I’m glad to see Reese Witherspoon getting recognition for her work in Wild, but I hope the film itself gets some attention down the line.  It’s also unfortunate that Channing Tatum’s work in Foxcatcher isn’t being honored.  And sadly Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany didn’t make this list, but I’ve got no problem rooting for Girls Lena Dunham or Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling instead.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2015 Golden Globe nominees.

Gillian Jacobs Talks LIFE PARTNERS, COMMUNITY Season Six, Her Directorial Debut, Signing on For Judd Apatow’s LOVE, Her Arc on GIRLS, and More

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The indie romantic comedy Life Partners highlights the co-dependent friendship of Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who spend more time hanging out with each other and watching reality TV than they do venturing out into the dating world.  But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), they start getting serious and Sasha starts to feel cast aside by her best friend.

At the film’s press day, actress Gillian Jacobs spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how good it feels to be in a female-driven comedy, what got her interested in comedy, in the first place, why she wanted to be a part of Life Partners, what drew her to her character, her natural chemistry with Leighton Meester, and how close the finished product is to the original script.  She also talked about her directorial debut, a short documentary about computer programmer Grace Hopper, the crazy journey that her TV series Community has taken, to get to its sixth season now for Yahoo, signing on for the Judd Apatow comedy series Love for Netflix, and doing an arc on HBO’s Girls.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New GIRLS Season 4 Trailer: Hannah Takes the Next Step in a Series of Random Steps

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HBO has released the official Girls Season 4 trailer, teasing the new season of creator/writer/director/star Lena Dunham‘s divisive comedy series.  This season finds Hannah (Dunham) living in Iowa, where she’s been accepted into the state’s highly coveted writers workshop.  This being Girls, Hannah has big ideas and plans that don’t necessarily pan out the way she had hoped.  What’s most promising about this trailer, though, is the high level of comedy mixed in with the drama.  The series got a little too self-serious for its own good in the second season, and while Season 3 rebounded rather nicely, this trailer is really, really funny.  It’s also relieving to see Adam Driver is still a major part of the ensemble, as he had to split his time between filming the fourth season and shooting this thing called Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London.  Unsurprisingly, though, Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna is once again the comedic highlight of the new Girls trailer.  Go Shosh.

Watch the official Girls Season 4 trailer after the jump, along with some new images.  The series also stars Jemima KirkeAllison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach, with Jason Ritter, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, and Natasha Lyonne all poised for guest spots in the new season.  Girls returns to HBO on January 11th.

HBO Sets January Premiere Dates for New Seasons of GIRLS and LOOKING, Plus New Duplass Brothers Comedy TOGETHERNESS

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HBO has announced return dates for two comedies series along with a debut date for a new offering.  The fourth season of Girls, the second season of Looking, and the first season of Togetherness will all premiere on Sunday, January 11th.  While Girls and Looking are both classified as “comedies”, they’re a far cry from the traditional definition of the word.  The San Francisco-centric Looking premiered last year to so-so ratings, but HBO stuck with the series and renewed it nevertheless.  While I wasn’t crazy about the show overall, it’s very different from the rest of HBO’s lineup and adds some nice diversity to the pay cable channel’s original series offerings.

Togetherness, meanwhile, comes from the filmmaking duo of Mark and Jay Duplass and stars Mark, Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis, and Amanda Peet as two couples that live under one roof.  Girls will kick the night off at 9pm, followed by Togetherness at 9:30 and Looking at 10.  Check out the first Togetherness image after the jump.

GIRLS SEASON 4 Teaser Combines New Footage With a Look Behind the Scenes

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A few months ago we got a thirty second clip of Hannah riding her bike, but now we’re getting a significantly more immersive look inside the upcoming fourth season of Girls, even if it only tops out at two minutes.  While I generally love and respect the show, I’ve gotta admit that I’m encouraged by the bit about them “making smarter choices.”  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the show to be boring, I just think I’m a little tired of them all being sort of awful to each other.  So if Lena Dunham and company can find a way to wring a comparable amount of conflict out of slightly different scenarios, I’m all for it.

This Girls Season 4 teaser features footage from the upcoming episodes in addition to a few interviews and gives us all too fleeting glimpses of upcoming guest stars Gillian Jacobs and Zachary Quinto.  As always series regulars Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams and Adam Driver are onhand.  And it’s awesome to see Ana Gasteyer in the mix as well.  There’s no exact return date for the show, but I’d expect it to hit HBO sometime early next year.  Hit the jump for the Girls Season 4 teaser.

PETER PAN Image: Allison Williams No Longer One of the GIRLS

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While I sort of love the show Girls, it’s interesting to see which character I am alternately sympathetic to and then repelled by on a weekly basis.  Perhaps it’s a testament to that show’s humanity that it can portray its central characters behaving so atrociously towards each other but still keep us invested because we identify with it on some level.  And Allison Williams’ Marnie can make us cringe with the best of them.

That sense of duality will likely not be in play on NBC’s upcoming staging of Peter Pan, though this take does continue a long held (if intermittent) stage tradition of having a female play the lead.  The special airs on December 4th and also stars Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.  Christian Borle will play the role of Smee as well as the role of Mr. Darling.  Hit the jump for a better look at Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

GIRLS Season 4 Teaser: Lena Dunham Goes for a Bike Ride

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HBO has released the first Girls Season 4 teaser, offering fans a very Hannah Horvath-esque first look at the new season.  The teaser trailer is just a short bit of footage that shows creator/star/writer/director Lena Dunham riding a bike and then running into a bit of trouble, so it’s more of a heads up than an actual trailer.  The teaser also says that the show is currently in production, which isn’t technically true.  Dunham confirmed that they wrapped Season 4 last week, so right now Girls is actually in post-production in anticipation of the early 2015 premiere date.  Though I know the series has its detractors, I find there’s more to like about it than to dislike mostly thanks to the magnetic Adam Driver.  I imagine he’ll have less of a presence this year what with filming Star Wars and all, but the guy turns in consistently fantastic work on the series.

Hit the jump to watch the Girls Season 4 teaser.  An official premiere date has yet to be specified, but if it follows the pattern of the last two seasons, expect the first episode to drop the second week of January.

Felicity Jones Talks BREATHE IN, Her Favorite Moment to Shoot, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Her GIRLS Guest Spot, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Felicity Jones talked about how flattered she was to learn that filmmaker Drake Doremus had created this film so that they could work together again, the differences between Breathe In and Like Crazy, working with a detailed outline that reads like a treatment more than a traditional script, developing an extensive backstory for her character, her favorite moment to shoot, the most challenging scene, and what she enjoys about working this way and having so much creative freedom.  She also talked about playing Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, opposite Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything, and how she came to do a guest spot on the most recent season of HBO’s Girls, which she’s a big fan of.  Check out our Felicity Jones interview after the jump.

GIRLS Season 3 Finale Recap: “Two Plane Rides”

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A far less divisive episode than Girls‘ Season Two finale, “Two Plane Rides” caused Season Three to quit while it was ahead.  Again, going in the opposite trajectory of last season, this year (with a few hiccups) improved almost every week, particularly when the show went back to relying on vignettes and an artful portrayal of its character’s lives, instead of becoming too mired in their individual (and particularly Hannah’s) neuroses.  At the same time, what is considered a good episode of Girls is still one riddled with head-scratching moments.  Hit the jump for a reminder that “Iowa is not a coast.”

GIRLS Recap: “I Saw You”

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Girls has had a resurgent season.  What started off tepid at best (and horrifyingly grating at worst) gained momentum, and the back half of this third season had been more subdued. The girls were beginning to — possibly — mature and realize things about themselves.  Hannah got a job, and almost became empathetic in her relationship struggles.  Last week, each character seemed on a precipice of self-knowledge, and the question was, would it play out in “I Saw You”?  The answer is … no.  But, hit the jump for what did happen.

GIRLS Recap: “Role Play”

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“Role Play” feels like the Girls episode I have been waiting for since the premiere.  (Well, maybe not literally the premiere, since part of what made it so good were the emotions involved in each girl’s crisis that have been building for awhile).  After a shaky start to the season, Girlshas really propelled itself towards its finale (in two weeks) with promise.  “Role Play” is where everything came together, though, and incorporated every element that makes Girls good even when it can be pretty terrible.  Hit the jump for why “most of it I wrote while on Ambien.”

GIRLS Recap: “Flo”

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Another Hannah-solo run this week on Girls, yet, one that wasn’t entirely off-putting for reasons of Hannah, but rather, her family.  Once again, Hannah was confronted with death and dealt with it selfishly.  Her cousin Rebecca calls her — and all writers, thanks Rebecca — on being entirely self-interested and, frankly, despite Hannah’s protestations, it was rather a case of “if the shoe fits …” “Flo” was another example of a Girls episode that spent all of its time on one vignette, and it mostly paid off.  But what did it leave us with?  Hit the jump for why “Joe has a plate in his head, and you can tell.”

GIRLS Recap: “Incidentals”

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It’s been a strange season for Girls, but the best thing that can be said about “Incidentals” is that some of it was a little reminiscent of the style and flow of Looking (which, in case you didn’t know, is excellent).  Like last week, the episode had a natural rhythm to it.  Despite some over-done moments, it ultimately felt like the kind of collection of vignettes that is Girls at its best.  Adam still remains the most interesting and compelling character, though, and every minute not spent in his presence feels like a waste.  But what we did get of him was worth it.  Plus, Richard E. Grant returns!  Hit the jump for why Broadway is the most seductive of mistresses.

GIRLS Recap: “Beach House”

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It was that time in the course of Girls, like most any show set in New York, where an episode takes a vacation to the Hamptons.  Or in this case, for those who think the Hamptons are tacky, North Fork.  The girls escape to a beach house on a weekend getaway designed by Marnie, although it quickly becomes a prison of insecurity and self-doubt. Hit the jump for why, “I can’t go in open water, unless I’m menstruating.”

GIRLS Recap: “Free Snacks”

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As noted last week, the lead writer on any Girls episode makes all of the difference.  For his first credit, Paul Simms did a great job of reclaiming the show’s humor, and taking the stories in some new and interesting directions.  “Free Snacks” felt energized from the slog of the last batch of episodes, and was not only chockfull of great dialogue, but actually made some legitimate points to get viewers thinking and talking.  Hit the jump for why “a cappuccino is not a cup of chino!  Fucking animals.”

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